Storybase 2.0 Software for Writers

Thomas B. Sawyer

A Letter From the Publisher, Thomas B. Sawyer

Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, Thomas B. Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar & Emmy-nominated, Tom has sold then written 9 TV series pilots, 100 episodes - both comedy and drama. He has been Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series.

Learn more about Tom at his website.

Dear Writer:

In creating Storybase 2.0, we’ve tried throughout to incorporate my own approach to constructing compelling characters and creating effective stories. It’s one learned not from theoretical teachings, but from hard-nosed professionals – and my own years of experience – a method based on what I consider to be every writer’s Mandate, no matter how lofty our literary goals:

We all want our audience to stay with us until The End – whether we’re writing prose, poetry, advertising copy, movie, stage or TV scripts. To do that, we must never forget that we’re Entertainers. And to entertain, we must give them a well-told story. That’s our challenge as writers.

Storybase 2.0, with its conflict-rich database and near-zero learning curve, is designed to work in concert with the way writers think. Characters, Mindset, Story Thrust and Situations, all loaded with the essential stuff that will grab and hold your audience – Conflict.

My ultimate testimonial for Storybase 2.0 is that I use it myself and consider it an indispensable tool, right up there with my grammar/spell check, and Thesaurus.

I think you will find it every bit as valuable.

I wish you success with, and more importantly, pleasure from your writing.


Storybase 2.0 is rooted in a long  intellectual tradition of exploration into the nature of storytelling and its relationship to human experience.

First published in 2002, Storybase 2.0 began as a radical departure from Plots Unlimited, a DOS-based software program (1990) that was later published as a book (1992), which itself represented a modernization of Plotto: A New Method of Plot Suggestion for Writers of Creative Fiction, written in 1928 by William Wallace Cook, a prolific Canadian mystery writer who appears to have been influenced in his thinking by The 36 Dramatic Situations, written in the late 19th century by a Frenchman, Georges Polti, and first published in English in 1921. Polti was almost certainly influenced by Aristotle’s Poetics, written in 335 B.C.

The content of Storybase 2.0 was designed and written by Wylie Sawyer.